[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 8/16/17

Phil Kelley scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 16 16:15:20 PDT 2017


Today 35 of us enjoyed a special day at Nisqually, even if a bit slow.
It was a great day for a walk, warm with a light breeze. While we are
in the dog days of August we had some great birds. We had a 10.11 high
tide at 2:30 so it was good for shorebirds.

Highlight of the day occurred early on when we found a 1st winter
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER in the thicket near the entrance to the
Education Center. It stayed in the area for several minutes before
heading off toward the orchard. Hopefully someone in the group got
some decent photos that Shep will include in his ebird report.

The other highlight was a GREAT EGRET seen from the end of the estuary
boardwalk by those of us who went that far. We also saw some PURPLE
MARTINS near Luhr Beach from there.

Waterfowl were almost non-existent and passerines were mostly quiet
and roosting. There appears to be some gathering into mixed flocks
prior to migration.

For the day I had 45 species and now have 119 for the year.

We had a RIVER OTTER at the visitor center at the start and saw
HARBOR SEALS during the walk.

Until next week when Shep will lead in my absence....

Phil Kelley
scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Lacey, WA

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